Red Velvet Sage (Salvia confertiflora) in the Salvias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Plant Height: 5 feet
Plant Spread: 3 - 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: Red-orange
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Red Velvet Sage (Salvia confertiflora) was a featured
Plant of the Day for September 21, 2015.

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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2018-10-07
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Location: My Property Sunset  Zone 23 Sub-Tropical Southern CaliforniaDate: 2011-12-01
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2020-05-20
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Courtesy Robin's Salvias
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2020-09-05
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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 10:20 PM

"Salvia confertiflora is a herbaceous perennial shrub native to Brazil that will reach 4-6 feet in height and width in one season. It has been used in horticulture in the United States since the 1960s (and earlier in Brazil and France), although it isn't commonly sold at nurseries because of its large size. The dark green leaves, with a yellow undertone, are about 7 inches long by 3.5 inches wide, with serrated edges, and with velvety red-brown hairs on the petiole and stem of the new leaves.

Inflorescences reach up to 2 feet long and are covered with velvety red-brown hairs, with the stems of the inflorescence and the calyx also having a red-brown color. The .5 inch flowers are orange-red, and very profuse, explaining the epithet confertiflora, or "crowded with flowers". The plant grows so large that it needs staking and protection from wind in gardens."

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